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Jordan takes contactless cards for eID programme

Gemalto : 10 March, 2016  (Application Story)
Gemalto is supplying Sealys polycarbonate contactless eID cards to be used in the Jordanian citizen ID programme
Jordan takes contactless cards for eID programme

Gemalto has been selected by Jordan's Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (MoICT) for the country's ambitious new citizen ID programme. The company will supply the Ministry of Interior (MOI) - through OFFTEC - with its Sealys polycarbonate contactless eID cards along with a comprehensive suite of Coesys enrollment, card personalization and issuance solutions. Gemalto will deliver the eID cards as well as automatic fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) to reinforce national security, strengthen immigration controls and minimize the risk of fraud in the next elections of August 2016.

The enrollment system will be deployed in 100 civil status and passport offices, enabling MOI staff to capture the personal and biometric data of citizens for duplication-free entry onto the National Registry. Gemalto systems will also be employed to personalize and issue smart cards at 25 dedicated centers. The citizen's details are both laser engraved in the card and stored within its embedded microprocessor to enable officials to verify beyond doubt the identity of the holder.

The new eIDs combine state-of-the-art digital and graphical security features and offer the Jordanian government the ability to seamlessly add new card use cases after issuance. As a result, it can leverage on initial investment and develop new secure eGov services and applications that improve service standards and reduce administrative costs.

"For the Kingdom of Jordan, improving security, slashing ID fraud and creating a trusted infrastructure for online access are all high priorities on the agenda," said Mrs Majd Shweikeh, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology. "The new Jordan eID card will strengthen the infrastructure required for digital signature and will enable the addition of new eGovernment Services onto the card when they are available."

"Gemalto has the resources necessary to deliver a turnkey solution, along with millions of eID documents to a tight lead time," said Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President for Government Programs at Gemalto. "As well as affording greater protection to its citizens, Jordan's adoption of this smart government platform promises a new era for the eTransformation of the country."

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